Bio: Classic Lemans & Nasa National Champion James Burke has over 24 years of racing, instructing, coaching & Car developing experience. He has gained his experience through exposure to all kinds of Motor Racing. Having raced successfully in The 24 Hour of Classic LeMans, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and campaigned in 4x 25hours sport car endurance races. James also came 3rd in the British GT Global Lights BRSCC Sports Car Championship, and has had numerous race wins and podium finishes in the UK & USA. He is committed and single minded in his pursuit, not only as professional racing driver, car developer & coach, but more importantly, a strategic commercially aware professional racing driver, having the ability to work with you and your car, engineers & sponsors in a partnership.
Specialties: Race Driver, Developer Driver with data acquisition knowledge- AIM trained instructor. Track day activities, corporate day’s customer facing presentations, precision driver training, driver coach, pre-race coaching & instruction, sponsor planning, GT Car Owner.
RAC ( FIA) Race Licence International C, FIA Historic, IMSA.
2014: Classic LeMans Lister Jaguar Driven by Sir Stirling Moss
2014: Nasa National Super Touring 2
2013: Nasa 25hour of Thunderhill, Racing the Melhill Racing BMW Finishing 3rd in E0 class
2013: Nasa National Super Touring 2 Champion and Nasa National Time Trial 2 Champion
2011: Raced in Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for Miller Racing/Dempsey Racing. As a startup team the goals was to finish all of the entered racers. We not only accomplish this but we regular was the 3rd fastest mustang to rouch and multi-matic.
2009: Speed Works RD Mustang race team. Team driver coach, driver development, race car development. Electronic data acquisition & interpretation, test driver and stand in driver. Attended all National & International races at all major circuits.
2008: Thunder Hill California 25hour Sports Car Endurance. Driving the Ford Mustang RF500s for Miller Motorsport. Finishing 3nd in class , with Dan McKeever , Cindi Lux, & Mitch Wright as co drivers
2008: Grand Am Cup Championship USA: Racing for Miller MotorSport the Utah Jazz Mustang FR500 driving the car with Dan McKeever.
2007: Grand Am Cup Championship USA: Racing for Miller MotorSport the Utah Jazz Mustang FR500 driving the car as high as 4th Place & handing over to Augie Pabst III .
2007: Thunder Hill California 25hour Sports Car Endurance. Driving the Ford Mustang RF500s. Finishing 2nd with Cindi Lux, & Mitch Wright as co drivers. With James Taking the Flag.
2006: Grand Am Cup Championship USA : Racing for Miller MotorSport in a Mustang FR500 handing over the car in 7th Place after Qualifying for the team in 10th place in his first ever professional race. Victory MotorSport International Consultant.
Senior Consultant for Victory MotorSport, Miller MotorSport Park Instructor
Silverstone Team Leader.
2006: Thunder Hill California 25hour Sports Car Endurance .
Drivingan Mitsubishi Evo. finishing 12th completed 316 laps out of 705 laps, with 3 stints as night converge .
2005: Global GT Light R1. National Brscc Sports Car Championship.
6Rounds , Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Mallory Park all Top 5 Placing, on private entry budget with GHR
2004: ADR Engineering Works Driver ADR1000. Racing and developing the works ADR1000 Sports Car, along with race and development opportunities in the ADR Sports 2 Endurance Sports Car. 1st and 3rd , along with a Britsport round in a Radical SR3 with a Pole and fastest car in Class.
2003: GT Global Lights Sports Car Championship , 2 podium finishes, 5 Top five Finishes, 4 Trophy Wins First National Youth Scholarship Driver for a 3rd Year. With Maxspeed & Barry Pomphery Racing.
2002: GT Global Lights Sports Car Championship Graham Hathaway Racing Team Driver, 14 starts 13 finishes, finished 3rd in the championship and the First National Youth Scholarship Driver for a Second Year. 8 Podium Finishes, Fastest laps and Pole. One of only three drivers in the Championship to win races this year out of grids of 20+.
2002: Uniroyal Beatle Challenge, inaugural round at Snetterton finished 3rd driving with Graham Hathaway and David Mountain this was a 4-hour endurance race.
2002: Instructed on Blue Oval Ford Dealer Days at National Race Circuits and British Testing Grounds. Specializing on Mondeo, this has exposed me to excellent customer facing situations.
2001: GT Global Lights Graham Hathaway Racing Team Driver 14 starts 13 finishes, finished 4th in the championship a First National Youth Scholarship Driver. Fastest lap. 1 Podium finish, 7 Trophy wins.
2001: BRSCC GT Winter Sports Car championship 5th in class 7th overall.
2000-2001 Kart Instructor at Silverstone. ARKS Registered Instructor
Instructor training day Mallory Park 2001
1998: Tim Sugden Vauxhall Junior Scholarship
1999: Legends Championship
2000: TKM Club 100 Karting Championship a regular ‘A’ finisher.Semi Finalist
1998: Formula Six Pro Kart Light 2nd in Championship
1997: Formula Six Junior Pro Kart Championship
1996: Lincolnshire Junior Gearbox Kart Championship
Race Car Driver
2009 Miller Mustang Challenge :
James Burke had two directives from SpeedWorks co-owners Peter Parrott and Hayden Harris … provide the team with solid race data for SpeedWorks engineer Kenny Brown, and bring the car home in one piece. Burke not only fulfilled both these missions, he also won two BFGoodrich g-force R1 tires for the team when he earned the “Take Control” Award for improving his starting position. Having to start at the back of the grid Burke drove as high as 11th before finishing 12th and earning his first 21 Mustang Challenge driver points.
Sports Car Racing Review: “ Young James Burke made a good impression on his way to 3rd in the Championship & winning the Final race of the season.”
( At the Formula Ford Festival) Paul Lawrence.
Autosport July .
“Burke was in no mood to capitulate this weekend on his way to a First and a second”.
Motorsport News April.
Driver of the Day: “James Burke Fought his way through from the back of the Global GT Lights grid to earn third-place spoils”
Tim Sugden British Sports Car Champion : “James is an extremely likeable young man with a promising future, we have found James to be an attentive candidate who seems to improve with every new session, He has now qualified for the semi-final stage and could go all the way”. ( Tim Sugden )
The Loop Magazine: (First National Motor Finance)
“ Every one of our customers and staff who has children relates to the value of education and development, our sponsorship goes to the very core of this and helps develop excellence and the stars of the future, James has many of the qualities we look for when we select youthcandidates” said Kevin. “He is very focused on his personal goals and objectives, and is extremely committed to motor racing.”
( Kevin French FNMF Brand Manager )
January 1999 – January 2006